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8 Brands Made RENTING Cool!

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I used to shudder at the thought of shifting to a new city and setting up home whenever I had to move because it is such a huge task. However, today, I am hardly concerned. Why? Because there are some awesome apps and online services that can help me settle down easily, with all my needs taken care of. A few clicks can get you instant services.

Continuing from where I left off in my previous article where I discussed 10 start-ups that have made life easy, here are a few rental services that can make life easier if you are planning to shift to Namma Bengaluru!

1) Nestaway: The first major concern while shifting to a new city is to find good accommodation. If you are planning to come down to Bangalore, the best way to find furnished rented accommodation is through Nestaway. Log onto their website and search for a home that is close to your office and fits your budget.

2) Furlenco: With Furlenco renting premium furniture is no longer a distant dream. Their rental plans start from Rs.1500 per month for a room to Rs. 7500 per month for a 3BHK furniture package. And the rental packages include not only furniture but also soft furnishings and home décor.

3) ZoomCar: If you want to save on some of the cost and hassle of owning a car, opt for Zoomcar. It is a self-drive car rental service which allows you to rent cars by the hour, day, week or month. Moreover, you can pick from a large variety of cars they have on their list.

4) Ezidrive: Traffic is a major concern in a city like Bangalore as it tests one’s patience. If you do not like driving your car, you can hire a driver from Ezidrive. It is one of India’s first ever online booking and automatic SMS confirmation facility provider for call driver services.

5) Portea: If you have been discharged from hospital or you have a patient at home who needs hospital-like care, then you can hire medical services from Portea. You can get some much-needed attention from trained nurses and doctors at your disposal that is hassle-free and easy on your pocket.

6) BHiVE: If you are a budding entrepreneur who does not have enough resources or does not want to invest in huge spaces to operate, opt for shared spaces offered by Bhive. They provide an ecosystem for entrepreneurs and startups to take their ideas to the next level by enabling the startup community to co-work, connect, contribute, collaborate, communicate and commercialize their ideas.

7) Cookfinder: If you are tired of cooking for yourself or ordering food from outside whenever your friend come home or have an important event like weddings, birthday parties, etc., hire a cook from Cookfinder. This is a unique concept where you can hire temporary cooks who can make delicious food of your choice at your place and at your convenience.

8) HouseJoy: In a city like Bangalore, it is a daunting task to find people who provide services, such as plumbers, electrician, carpenter etc. who is reliable and can do a quality job. Even if you find one it is a big headache to haggle with them. However, Housejoy has simplified the process by providing services that range from electrical work to plumbing, computer repairs, carpentry, laundry, pest control, mobile services, house cleaning, etc. The pricing is absolutely transparent, with no hidden costs, which are mentioned upfront.

With such services at your disposal, moving to Bangalore is not difficult!

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Movie Review: Gour Hari Dastaan – An Ode to a Freedom Fighter

This week saw the release of Ananth Mahadevan directed movie ‘Gour Hari Dastaan‘ starring Vinay Pathak, Ranveer Shoerey and Konkona Sen Sharma. The movie is based on the real life story of Gandhian Gour Hari Das who for 30 odd years fought against the corrupt and inefficient system of India to be recognized as a freedom fighter.

The movie moves back and forth between mid 70’s, mid 2000’s and 1946 when he fought for India’s Freedom as a member of Vanar Sena and also imprisoned by Britishers for 90 days. The story is complex but Mahadevan and co-writer CP Surendran does a brilliant job conveying it in a simple manner to the audience.

Although there are few glitches but that can be put aside when you see the effort and performances put in by each member of cast and crew. Rare are such occasions in the history of Hindi cinema where a filmmaker goes against commerce and BO results to tell a beautiful simple story.

Vinay Pathak as Gour Hari Das puts in a subtle performance that touches your heart. He has come a long way from his Bheja Fry and Chalo Dilli days. Konkona Sen Sharma puts up a brilliant act portraying the role of Das’ supporting wife. Ranveer Shoeroy as a 40 plus old journalist who comes across Das’s story and tries to help him, has also put in a wonderful performance.

There are few moments in the film that will make you question the bureaucracy. You will definitely feel for Das’s struggle to get that alluding Freedom Fighter Certificate and when he does you want to stand up and rejoice for him.

A huge salute to Ananth Mahadevan who has come up with another heart wrenching masterpiece after Mee Sindhutai Sapkal that won four National Awards.

On the whole the movie might not cater to the masses but as content driven movies are doing well at the BO, this movie will definitely find a place in the viewers heart.

My Verdict: ****


What Does Independence Mean To Me?

Today the nation is celebrating 69 years of Independence from 150 years of British slavery. However how independent are we? Do we really feel independent in our country? What does Independence mean to everyone? This is one question I feel we should all think out loud.

For me independence means;
1) Freedom to live the way I want
2) Freedom to love / marry anyone I want
3) Freedom from corruption
4) Freedom from sexual discrimination
5) Freedom from social mindsets
6) Freedom to express
7) Freedom to make my own decisions
8) Freedom from dirt and garbage filled cities
9) Freedom from potholes
10) Freedom from racism
11) Freedom to follow any religion of my choice
12) Freedom from pollution
13) Freedom from poverty
14) Freedom to eat what I want, including beef
15) Freedom to surf any website
16) Freedom to watch any movie without the interference of censor boards / religious units
The list is endless…

So are we still independent enough to celebrate our FREEDOM today – 69 years later?

Got a 4G phone? Go for Airtel 4G!

Are you tired of lousy 2G or 3G connection? Then your dream to get uninterrupted high speed mobile broadband connection has become a reality. What? Yes and this has been made possible by the communications giant Airtel. Airtel has introduced their new 4G connection to almost 296 towns in the country. Hurrah! Yup that’s what I said jumping into the air after reading the news. Move aside lousy connections and welcome high speed mobile broadband to your life! Now you can stream and upload HD videos, download music, movies and images within few minutes.
Apart from the above I have few more benefits to list;
  1. Airtel offers six months of unlimited download and music streaming on Wynk Music along with free five movies per month for six months with every 4G SIM Swap on the Eros Now channel of Wynk Movies
  2. Airtel has introduced a new range of Infinity Plans starting at Rs.999/- with unlimited mobile voice calls, data benefits and uninterrupted access to Wynk Movies & Music
  3. If you have a 4G handset then you can get a free SIM delivered to your doorstep within 4 hours like me after tweeting #GETAIRTEL4G. How? Once you tweet, you will get a reply from @AirtelIndia handle directing you to a link where you need to enter your details for SIM delivery.
Now if you are wondering if Airtel will charge you a ‘bomb’ for their service then you will be happily surprised to know that the communications giant is offering the service at 3G data prices starting from Rs.25/-. 

Got a 4G phone? Want Airtel4G? Then what are you waiting for? Log onto your system and tweet #GetAirtel4Gfor a free SIM home delivery now!